School in Massachusetts that has been accused of Torture by UN paid $100000 to lobby Congress
by Mike Reynolds
for Ability Maine
The Judge Rotenburg Center, a controversial school in
Massachusetts, in an article by the Boston Globe that was published on
Februrary 28th, 2011, reportedly spent a hundred thousand dollars and
enlisted several parents to defeat a proposal in Congress to ban the
use of aversive therapy in the US.
was reportly paid to the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani, headed
by former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, to lobby against passage of the
bill. According to the reports in the Boston Globe, Guiliani was
not involved in the decision.
The school also
hired a PR firm in California to help with it’s lobbying campaign, with
the bill dying in the Senate. It is expected that the law is going to
be reintroduced this year. The Center reportedly has a annual budget of
$40 million and is the only school in the nation to use aversives such
as electrical shocks. The center has a population of individuals with
severe disabilities, including self abusive behavior. In 2010, the
Department of Justice opened an investigation into the Center and the
UN accused the school of “torturing” it’s students.
To read the full Boston Globe report, go here.